The following is by Lauren Tappan:
The following is from Lauren Tappan.
When: Friday May 6, 2016
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Time:11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sponsored by the Community Low Vision Center and Triangle Disability Awareness Council
If you are totally blind, have low vision, or know someone who does, you should try to attend. We will have representatives from Vanda Pharmaceutical available to answer questions. Lynn shields will also present another segment on what it is like to live with this disorder.
Other professionals who deal with blindness, low vision, sleep disorders, or people who have traumatic head injuries should try to attend.
If you have any questions, or would like to make a reservation, please reply to this email or call Lynn Shields at 984-974-2058. Reservations are due by Friday, April 22nd.
Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think may be interested in attending.
Thank you for reading and I hope you are able to attend.
Community Low Vision Center
Low Vision Services Coordinator
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Macular Degeneration Risk
Adults with the lowest concentrations of circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) had the highest risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis published online April 2 in Maturitas.
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The NC State Library for the Legally Blind offers downloadable talking books, magazines and braille through two services.
1. BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) is a national program through which users can borrow braille and audio books. You must apply for this service. Format: digital talking books and braille
2. NOBLE (North Carolina BARD Local) is a local service through which users can download braille and audio books, magazines, and podcasts. No application is necessary. Format: digital talking book, podcasts, digital braille
Facebook is using AI to help blind people ‘see’ the photos in their newsfeed
Facebook recently announced its automatic alternative text, which describes the content of a photo as a user moves past it, giving blind users more context for the image.
iPhone speaks: “Image may contain pizza, food”
On Monday, April 4, Facebook introduced automatic alternative text, a feature that uses object recognition technology to form a description of a given photo as the user passes over it. While using the Facebook app on an iOS device, the feature would tell the user that the image “may contain three people, smiling, outdoors,” according to the official Facebook press release.
Many blind smartphone users rely on screen reader software to respond to texts, compose emails, and surf Facebook. As the name would imply, the tool reads the text on a given screen aloud to the user. However, previous iterations could only tell the user that a photo was present, it could not describe the photo or give any context.
So, for example, if a user was scrolling through his or her Facebook feed, the screen reader would read out the person’s name who posted the photo and then simply say “Photo.” Now, with automatic alternative text, Facebook is hoping it can better describe the content of photos for users who may be blind or visually impaired.
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An international team of scientists, led by Prof. Roger Anderson from the University of Ulster at Coleraine in the UK and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, has designed a test that can spot the first stages of sight loss in age-related macular degeneration.
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Most people look at their iPhone first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The problem? Blue light.
“Exposure to excessive amount of blue light can disrupt sleep by suppressing the natural release of melatonin,” says Jessica Lutz, a spokesperson for The Vision Council. “This eye exposure before bedtime has been shown to disrupt sleep patterns by increasing alertness in the brain.”
Also, says the Review of Optometry’s research, blue light inflicts damage to the back of the eye, a major cause of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans, says the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. Baby Boomers, the first generation to be tethered to computer screens, are getting hit especially hard.
Apple is fighting this problem with its latest iPhone update. A new feature called “Night Shift” automatically changes the color of the iPhone’s display to the warmer, yellow end of the spectrum, reducing the amount of blue light pouring out of your phone.
Apple typically releases minor updates occasionally to add new features or fix software glitches. This is one of Apple’s larger in-between updates; iOS 9.3 brings a handful of all-new features.
Night Shift, for instance, automatically adjusts an iPhone’s display to remove blue light during use in the evening. Studies have shown blue light can interfere with individuals’ ability to sleep or aggravate your AMD. Night Shift is intended to reduce this effects.